Many people shy away from training their dogs simply because they think it will be too much of a task. Housetraining can seem like mindset shift, but it is actually much easier than you think if you adopt the following best dog training methods.
Dog training ranges from methods that use a shock collar to other methods that use positive reinforcement. While most people use training techniques that involve shock collars, there are other methods of dog training that do not require such an extreme form of method.
Understand a dog’s learning process. The faster you comprehend how your dog’s mind works, the better you’ll be able to shape his behaviors. Give him a reward for performing a command because he knows that he’ll get a treat.
Classical training methods are how dogs learn how to associate an action with a particular stimulus. For instance: Your dog gets excited when you get his food bowl before him. When you tell him not to jump on your leg in an effort to get the food, he still knows the association, and so you have successfully taught your dog that jumping on you is a bad thing.
Some dog training methods involve using negative reinforcement. Negative reinforcement works by telling a dog that his behavior is not acceptable. This method is commonly used in the training of aggressive or destructive behavior. The idea is that your dog will learn from his own bad behavior and will eventually learn not to do it again.
Another method that uses negative reinforcement is to yell at a dog when he misbehaves. This method works by making your dog feel frustrated or irritated. He then learns that the behavior is unacceptable, and that he should not do it.
Dog owners often use this method of training for older dogs, as they do not wish to make their dog feel afraid or frightened. This method is also good for puppies who are being used to their new home or who have been used to other dogs, as they can be afraid of a stranger at first.
When you are trying to teach your dog new tricks or commands, it is important that you teach them through positive reinforcement instead of using methods such as negative reinforcement.
Be patient. Don’t expect your dog to begin responding to commands and tricks the very first day you introduce a new command to them, expect at least a week of continuous training. If your pet don’t completely grasp the concept, your dog may be a little off in his training. Don’t lose heart though. It takes patience and persistence but the results are often worth the effort.
Be relaxed and have fun. Learning takes time and you’ll need to remain calm while teaching your dog. The best time to practice is before meal time. You’ll need to be dedicated to making it happen, but once you see your dog respond to a command well, you’ll be much more likely to introduce more difficult skills next time.
Use food as a reward. Giving your dog his favorite treat as a reward for performing a command will help him strengthen the connection between performing a command and receiving a reward. The better response is obviously to show him the treat and give him a treat immediately.
The key to motivation is association. Your dog wants to please you, so he’ll act according to your needs. If he knows he gets a treat whenever he does anything right, he’ll increase his efforts to repeat the desired task. This is motivation in action.
Once you understand the basics of dog training methods, it is easy to move into more advanced methods and train your dog to perform certain tasks for you. When you teach your dog to sit, for instance, you can work your way from using a leash to using a harness.
So, over the next few weeks, begin to make formal steps toward teaching them more advanced commands as well as some cool new tricks. Puppies are quite capable of picking up on additional commands, but it should not be based on quantity but on quality and consistency.